Friday, September 23, 2016

Time After Time



My 23rd sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge  and Paint Party Friday is a page from my calendar and it was inspired by Cyndi Lauper's first #1 hit.

This ballad describes the heartache we go through when things go wrong with the one we love. It's a beautiful song, I just don't like the part where she says, "I'll be waiting." Under most circumstances, I don't think anyone should have to wait.

The drawing reminds me of Holly Golightly for some reason (the wide eyes, maybe), and I will be sketching her again soon!


Have a great weekend, amiguitos...spinning in the sun! Happy Autumn!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Up Where We Belong

My 22nd sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge is "Up Where We Belong," inspired by the 1982 hit by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.



The first time I heard the song was while watching "An Officer and a Gentleman." What a great film that was. Richard Gere and Debra Winger were amazing in it, but it was Louis Gossett, Jr. who stole the show and really made an impact. He scared the hell out of me! lol

Here's the song with some scenes from the movie. I need to add this one to my collection!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

With or Without You

My 21st sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge is "With or Without You," inspired by the 1987 U2 Song.



I feel if you can't live with someone, you will be able to live a healthier life without him/her...and if you even have to think about it, you should probably go with "without."

I'm off to enjoy this busy, sun-shiny Wednesday! ¡Hasta la próxima!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Eye of the Tiger


My 20th sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge is "Eye of the Tiger," inspired by the 1982 song by Survivor.

Eyes are powerful. Someone once told me, "I wonder what I look like in your eyes." It was one of the sweetest things I ever heard.

"Eyes are the windows to the soul," they say.  Some are sweet and compassionate and others are dark, hollow orbs. You can learn a lot about a person by looking into his/her eyes. Tony Montana is right.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Purple Rain (2016)

My 19th portrait for the 29 Faces Challenge is "Purple Rain," inspired by Prince's 1984 hit.



The album, Purple Rain, is the sixth best-selling soundtrack album of all time. Prince once described the song as blood in the sky at the end of the world (red for blood + blue for sky = purple) and being with the one you love, trusting your God to guide you through the purple rain.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: After Prince recorded the song, he called Jonathan Cain from Journey to make sure it didn't sound too much like their hit, "Faithfully," which was popular at that time. Cain told him the songs only shared the same four chords, so he was free to release it.

It's always been my favorite Prince song...and yours?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sister Christian

My Day 18 sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge is "Sister Christian" in graphite inspired by Night Ranger's 1984 hit. This is also my Sunday Sketch.



A few of my favorite books on Christianity besides the Bible are The Case For Faith, where award-winning legal reporter/investigator and former atheist, Lee Strobel, examines the claims of Christ; Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, where the author transcribes his radio talks in Oxford during the early years of World War II, and while bombs fell in London daily, Lewis, through his broadcasts, captivated his listeners and brought them hope; and The Message, a contemporary translation of the Bible by Clergyman/Author/Poet, Eugene Peterson.

Here's a short film depicting the beauty and power of the Psalms with U2's Bono and Eugene Peterson you might like.

Happy Sunday! ♥

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Don't You Forget About Me

My 17th sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge is inspired by the 1985 movie, "The Breakfast Club."



"Don't You (Forget About Me)," the popular song in the movie, is by the band, Simple Minds...which is kind of ironic because that's how the Assistant Principal in the movie sees the group of high school kids he's left to "babysit" on an all-day Saturday detention...simpleminded.

Even as a teenager, I loved diversity, so it was tough for me to fit into a particular clique. If I had to go back and label myself, I'd be a mix between the "Princess" and the "Basket Case."

How about you? Athlete, Princess, Brain, Basket Case or Criminal?

Friday, September 16, 2016

I'm Too Sexy (For My Shirt)

I'm not sure what inspired the lyrics to Right Said Fred's 1991 song, but here's my 16th sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge..."I'm Too Sexy For My Shirt."



I don't remember much about this one-hit wonder, but I can't forget their video and the part about "the catwalk." Too funny.

Happy Weekend to you!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Everytime You Go Away

For Day 15 of the 29 Faces Challenge I created "Everytime You Go Away" in graphite.



This song reminds me of my husband. When we were dating and I left to visit friends and family in NY, he called from Miami and said he was watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles (we were huge John Candy fans) and when the song came on at the end of the film, he thought of me. Awww. Funny how I can remember our conversation that night 27 years later, but can't recall what we spoke about at breakfast this a.m.. Sad, isn't it?

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: "Everytime You Go Away" was written and composed by Daryl Hall of Hall & Oats and became an international hit when Paul Young recorded it in 1985.

What song reminds you of a time you were dating someone special? Does hearing that song today take you back there? That's one of the things I love about music; it can stir up old feelings.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Material Girl

My 14th sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge is "Material Girl" in graphite.



In the late 80s an old friend from NY called and said he had an extra ticket to the Madonna concert at the Orange Bowl in Miami and would I like to go.

Would I like to go??

I already had the perfect outfit, a flowery hot pink summer jumpsuit and hot pink pumps; cool an comfortable.

There were no cell phones in those days so I snuck in a small, cheap camera and took what I thought were going to be fantastic photos. We were in the second row and had an amazing view.

The show was incredible. To this day, I have not seen anyone perform with more energy than Madonna. The pics came out blurry, but in one of them you could see a dot of bleached blonde hair with a leather jacket and a puffy skirt on a stage that was definitely Madonna.

NOTE TO SELF: Never attempt to take photos while dancing on your friend's cousin's shoulders and trying to dodge security.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I Just Called to Say I Love You


"I Just Called to Say I Love You," inspired by the 1984 Stevie Wonder song, is my 13th sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge.

When was the last time someone called YOU to say "I love you?" I don't think anyone's ever just called to tell me these three words, but I have had people call to say, "I've been thinking about you," and that's just as sweet.

I need to make more phone calls like this. Feel free to leave me your number...or as Blondie would say, "Appelle-moi, mon chéri!" ;)

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Party's Over and She's a Beauty

I've created two more portraits for the 29 Faces Challenge

My Day 11 sketch is "The Party's Over," inspired by another Journey song. How do you like the head piece?? lol



My Day 12 sketch is "She's a Beauty," inspired by the 1983 song by The Tubes. This is also a little tribute to Alexis Arquette, the actor/actress appearing in the music video, who passed away yesterday at the age of 47. She was also the brother/sister to David, Patricia and Rosanna Arquette and appeared in "The Wedding Singer" and "Pulp Fiction," among other films. She will be missed.



Wishing everyone a great week!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Girls On Film

Trying to catch up with my drawings for the 29 Faces Challenge, I've created "Girls On Film" in graphite. This collage was inspired by the 1981 song by Duran Duran.



Have a great weekend! xo

Friday, September 9, 2016

What Is and What Should Never Be...

...is a beautiful song by Led Zeppelin and is fitting for this post.

"It Must've Been Love," inspired by the 1987 song by Roxette, is a sketch of a woman thinking about what was and wasn't meant to be. She'll get over the heartache. 



The name of this next sketch is "Don't You Want Me?," the title of the 1981 song by The Human League. By the way, if a woman (or man) has to ask, "Don't You Want Me?" or "Do you love me?," the answer is probably no. I always made it a rule never to ask.



Both chicas are part of my contribution to the 29 Faces Challenge. Happy Friday, amiguitos! Hope your weekend is full of love and many magical moments!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Abracadabra and Talk Talk



"Abracadabra" in graphite with a touch of ink was inspired by The Steve Miller Band's 1982 song by the same name.

Have you ever met a man who is so entranced by the woman he loves he can't see her dark side and that dark side is leading him into a pit? Whenever she's up to no good and he notices, with a little sweet talk, she easily explains it all away and even turns herself into the victim. Nothing can wake this guy up until he falls.

I don't think this is what Steve Miller was thinking when he wrote the song, but when I hear it I can't help but think of the few "black widow" women I've met. I could've easily named this sketch after another 1982 hit.

And since we've going back to 1982, here's "Talk Talk," inspired by the song and band of the same name. Here we see the flip side, a woman who can no longer talk herself out of her wrongdoings because her man is onto her.



Both of these sketches are for the 29 Faces Challenge. That's three down.